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Paternity of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
« on: Tuesday 29 March 11 19:51 BST (UK) »
There is some question as to the actual paternity of the great American founder Alexander Hamilton. Was it James Hamilton who left Kerelaw castle for the West Indies or was it Thomas Stevens, a West Indies merchant (see entry at Or possibly someone else. The Hamilton DNA project has so far come up with ambiguous results even though they apparently have samples from four known descendants of the "Great One". They have apparently little or no information on a Stevens connection.

Aside from the intense historical interest, this may be an interesting, albeit difficult, data analysis problem; particularly since there may be no surviving males deriving from either Kerelaw or the West Indies.

It seems to me the easiest shot at this would be to find some living male Hamilton who has traced his lineage back prior to the Kerelaw Hamiltons and then by chance bring things forward to make a connection. The Kerelaw Hamiltons apparently originated in Kilmarnock and have also been referred to as the Cambuskeiths.

I hope someone will take a shot at this. Subsidy for DNA testing of a credible subject is available.